Okay, not really. I prefer to type on my laptop. However, it’s not always the most convenient option, so I do a lot of work on my iPhone.
This brings me to the topic of this blog:
The “Sent from my iPhone” automatic signature.
Some people hate it. Others, including me, love it.
Sure, it seems a little dry and bland, but I think it actually serves an important, meaningful, and relevant purpose.
Since I do a lot of work on-the-go, when I send an email, I want people to know it’s from a cell phone so they understand why it may seem brief and unformatted. Obviously, if they get that message at the bottom of an email, they’ll know that I sent it without access to my computer, a full keyboard, and programs.
In an effort to make that generic "Sent from my iPhone" message clear and a bit more conversational, I modified my automatic signature to read: Please excuse any typos, this was sent from my iPhone.
I always proofread my emails, but sometimes, typing on a tiny little keyboard gets the best of me and yes, there are sometimes typos. While they certainly have a negative impact, noting that your message was sent from a smartphone actually reduces that damage. A study from the University of Oklahoma found that email recipients are more forgiving of typos and mistakes if they realize the message was sent from a mobile device.
Here are a few other email signature modifications ideas:
This was sent from my iPhone. Please excuse brevity and typos.
Please excuse any spelling/grammatical errors as this message was sent from my iPhone.
This email may be brief as it was sent from my iPhone.
Personally, I appreciate anyone who makes an effort to answer my emails or who sends me important information while they’re away, busy, or not in the office. I can handle a few typos if their intention was to get back to me as soon as possible.
Maria Satira is a full-time communications director, small business owner, blogger, freelance writer, and content creator. She loves sarcasm, rescue dogs, and red wine. She despises bland food, poor grammar, and litterbugs.